• Badlands formations against the blue sky; photo by Rikk Flohr

    Badlands

    National Park South Dakota

Special Distance Learning Videoconference Offerings for National Fossil Day

National Fossil Day 2012 logo

Teachers, take your students on a virtual visit to Badlands in celebration of National Fossil Day™!

Badlands National Park harbors the richest known beds of mammal fossils from the late Eocene and Oligocene. To celebrate National Fossil Day 2012, we're bringing these fossils to classrooms around the country by offering special distance learning videoconferences.

Programs on National Fossil Day itself booked up swiftly. Due to this overwhelming demand, we have added a second day of videoconference offerings on the following Wednesday, Oct. 24. Every half hour, teachers and students can use Skype or IP Connect to join a park ranger for a live, interactive program introducing the beauty of the Badlands rock layers and the fossil wonders contained within. Programs will last approximately twenty minutes and will include examples of fossils from creatures that roamed the earth millions of years ago.

Reservations are required, and should be submitted no later than Thursday, Oct. 11. Please submit reservation request forms by emailing the Park Education Specialist.

Part of Earth Science Week, National Fossil Day is a celebration organized by the National Park Service to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational value. 2012 marks the third annual National Fossil Day. Events are organized at fossil-bearing sites around the country. For more information, please see the main National Fossil Day website.

Did You Know?

Early motorist meanders through the Upper Tunnel

Early motorists along the Badlands Loop Road traveled through tunnels carved into the formations. Since the road’s layout defied engineering logic by being based on scenery rather than stability, the road is constantly shifting. Though the tunnels are long gone, the sense of adventure remains.